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3.92  ·  Rating details ·  11,713 ratings  ·  690 reviews
A Guardian Book of the Year and Chapters/Indigo Best Book

A bestseller in Scandinavia -- Doppler is the enchanting, subversive, and very unusual story about one man and his moose.

This beguiling modern fable tells the story of a man who, after the death of his father, abandons his home, his family, his career, and the trappings of civilization for a makeshift tent in the woo
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published 2005 by Alfabeta (first published 2004)
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Elyse Walters
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got a thing for Erlend Loe, Norwegian author. This is only the second book I've read by him. I just learn a fun tidbit. Erlend Loe shares the same birthday with Bob Dylan and 'me'. - May 24th.

"Lazy Day's", had me laughing out loud. "Doppler", was also humorous- satirical - whimsical in style [a man is conversing with a baby moose] ....but there are powerful
messages being made....and feels a little more sad in ways - BITTERSWEET is the best way to describe the feeling!

Doppler takes to liv
Marko Jevtić
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absolutely satisfied with Loe's humor. I giggled like a moron on every page. Read it from one take. Could not leave the book. My friends recommended me this book since I spend three years in countryside isolation. So I have something in common with Doppler (not a lot... I like the people, for example). Doppler is antihero, so it was difficult for me to share his opinions and I felted as a passive observer, more than a participant as some novels can make me feel. At the same time it is so in ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Story about a man who goes living in forest, after having serious brain injury and sudden loss of a father who he never knew and questions life essences and his life. It is funny, dark, but at the same time, hopeful and sad. I love this kind of books.
Some books just hit a nerve, as this did in Scandinavia where it became a bestseller when it was first published in 2004. Just republished in English by Anansi Press of Canada, this hilarious comic novel about a worthy man's mid-life crisis is destined to be a huge hit in North America. Just about everyone I know needs a copy of this--for its humor, insight, and recognition of our commonalities across national boundaries.

A Norwegian businessman and avid cyclist falls off his bike one day while i
Feb 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fiction
So if a man decides to leave his family and move out in the forest, I immediately assume that there’s something wrong with him? What does that say about me? Yes, I know he just lost his father and then fell on his bike and hit his head, but still, when reading a book which is a critique of our modern consumer culture, it feels strange to realize that I buy so completely into that culture that I can’t even see it as a valuable life choice. And yes, I wrote ‘buy into’ deliberately.

Doppler leaves h
M. Sarki
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A refreshing tale of personal hate and one man’s effort to exist freely enough to express it on a daily basis. Doppler’s War is one against conformity and stupidity and a personal quest to discover eventually if the entire world is actually this pathetically dumb. The hope that he will one day find intelligent life somewhere on the planet provides enough incentive for himself, his young son Gregus, and his adopted teen-aged elk son Bongo, to head off to fo
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doppler is one cynic asshole and he has an elk. Loved it!
Anne ✨
(3.5) Humorous, satirical, quirky, imaginative, and cynical. It took me a while to get through it even though it's a short read, I needed to read it in little doses.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Why should I, a grown man, have a bad conscience about killing a moose? It's nature's way. The calf will have to learn, and it should be happy that it's me, Doppler, who is teaching it and not some more unscrupulous individual who might have made cold meat of the calf as well while he was at it.

While out for a bike ride one day, Doppler – a self-involved Oslo-based yuppie who laments that the news coverage of the Coalition's invasion of Iraq was distracting him from selecting the perfect tiles
A light philosophical novella about the pressures of Jante Law / conformity, consumerism and communitarianism, and how one could be dissatisfied living in the best-organised country in the world. So similar territory to Loe's earlier Naive Super - but with an older protagonist / narrator, a family man in his thirties.

Loe does a nimble balancing act, never coming down on one side or the other to say who's right or wrong (it has to be one of those "bit of both" situations) and using the ambiguous
Nov 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-university
This was required reading for one of my courses. Not the type of book I'd normally read.
Somehow very strange and the way I see it full of disfunctional relationships, odd dialogues and even odder characters...
The humour was lost on me, but then it usually is.
I liked the attempts at social criticism and philosophical musics but that is just about it. Not a book I will come back to.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worst $12 I've ever spent on a best seller/award winning book! Simply horrid!
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this Norwegian book in a Danish translation but I don't think it makes a big difference to how much I enjoyed it. There were some words I didn't know and I didn't look them up, because I got the gist, and overall it is not a very complicated book or difficult to understand.

I am very picky when it comes to humorous books and this book is almost 100 % humor of the wacky nonsensical kind. I thought it was funny at times, I actually laughed out loud once or twice, but it's not enough to keep
Andy Weston
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Married with two children, with a successful career, and living a very typical existence in Oslo, Doppler regards himself as a failure. His father’s death prompts him to take himself off and live in a tent in the forest. He soon befriends a young moose, whose mother he has shot, and the two of them forge a life away from society.
The quirkiness of the narrative will not be to everyone’s taste, nor will the dark shade of the humour, but I enjoyed it a lot. Though resistant to the original concept
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The anti-hero of the novel is Andreas Doppler, a middle-class husband and father of two children, who lives an uneventful, normal middle-class life. Then one day, after a bicycle accident he decides to suspend his regular life for a while and move to the forest surrounding Oslo, in order to stop being a smart-ass, to avoid communication with people and to bring the art of idleness to perfection. However, his solitude is not unperturbed: Doppler finds himself in the company of the young moose, Bo ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-serbian
Doppler is definitely my favorite out of the series. Although it might not be as eventful, I enjoyed the general ideas showcased. It's weird, but manages go portray genuine feelings - primarily the hero's inner struggles.

After having read the book, I saw a play bearing the same name. That was fantastic! It omitted some of the repetitive and stagnant parts of the story, while sticking to the wit and simplicity.

If you happen to be in Novi Sad, Serbia, definitely check out Dopler at SNP.


Dopler mi
I found nothing remarkable about this novel; maybe something is lost in the English translation.

After his father dies, Doppler decides, during a bicycle accident, that he hates "people" and would rather live as a vagrant in the forest. In the forest he befriends a moose calf. It's funny, for a little while.

In the first forty pages of the book, the novelty of the story kept my interest: man + moose = adorable!!! But the novelty wear's off fast. The story doesn't really grow past the concept. The
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kind of sad in a really funny way.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book at a book festival, getting it at a low price. I was attracted to it by the elk on the cover, and the mentioning of Christmas. And I thought that it was going to be about an elk.
Not so.
But that didn't mean I didn't enjoy it. :-)

The book follows the story of Andreas Doppler, who, after a fall on his bike, decides to quit his job and move out into the forest, leaving his wife and 2 kids. On his first night, he kills an elk, because he's hungry. Not taking into account that sh
Orcun Ayata
Sep 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did a bonk on the head drive Doppler mad, or knock some sense into him? Is it madness or genius to leave behind a pedestrian life of niceness, family, money, work and Teletubbies to live in the woods with a moose calf?

Madness? Or genius? As I read about Doppler's adventures, I thought either, "He has lost his mind," or "What a brilliant insight."

Doppler believes a tumble from his bicycle and a blow to his head opened his eyes to a clear-eyed, inspired view of reality. He looks back on the life h
Aug 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are two creatures in the wildlife that I really am happy to know to exist. Owls and elks. These two species somehow prove to me the superiority of nature over mankind, both of them seem both wiser and more humorous to me than any of humanity.

As a side note, I also enjoy the existence of penguins and giraffes, but unfortunately don't live in the latitudes where either could be spotted. We still got elks and owls though, and I'm happy with those.

Doppler, to put it short, is about this exact
Andreas Doppler has lived his life by the rules. "I've been so nice," he says. " I've been so bloody nice. I was nice in the nursery school. I was nice in primary school. I was nice in secondary school...I was a nice student and had a super-nice girlfriend whom I married in a nice way with nice friends after being offered a nice job that gave the finger to other nice jobs. Later we had children to whom we were nice and we acquired a house which we decorated to look nice. I've been wading up to m ...more
Kris McCracken
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An odd little charmer, Doppler is a blackly comic novel with a subversive soul. The story's outline tells a tale in and of itself: the titular narrator (burden by an extremely large penis) takes a spill on his bike one day and strikes an epiphany.

Doppler decides to abandon his home in Oslo, a good job, two children, pregnant wife and some half finished home renovations to live a solitary life in the forest just outside the city. Living in a tent, he kills an elk for food but then discovers it h
Thomas Strömquist
I really like Erlend Loes slightly absurd and clever stories. I do grow a bit weary of his narrative which contains a lot of extremely short sentences, making the text read in staccato bursts sometimes. My other gripe with this one is that it is way too short, which of course must mean I enjoyed it.
Michela Book_butterflies
Amazing sense of humor, light to read but food for brain.
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Loe’s native country of Norway, Doppler, which was first published in 2004, has sold over 100,000 copies, and the author is seen as something of a Scandinavian bestseller – for good reason. This novel is described as ‘a charming, absurd and cleverly subversive fable… about consumerism, existence… and a baby elk called Bongo’. An intriguing premise, certainly. So what is Doppler all about?

It tells the story of Andreas Doppler, a citizen of Oslo, who has recently lost his father and is about to
I'm not surprised this book is popular - it provides an excuse to be an irresponsible immature asshole and call it "self-discovery" or some bullshit. If you discover that your job or your house aren't important in your life or if you want to live in nature, this is no excuse to abuse or abandon your family. If your priorities have changed, you adjust your life to fit the new priorities. Maybe living in the wood is the right way to react. Being nasty to your wife and kids is never the right way t ...more
Austė Raicevičiūtė
It is a book, that teaches to re-evaluate things in life. It's serious and humorous at the same time. It's about nature, fake niceness, hating people and listening to oneself. I really loved the thoughts about nature and appreciating earth:
"<...> everything that happens to the earth will happen to us and that if we spit on the earth we are spitting on ourselves <...>"
Looking foward to readingthe sequel <3
Cute and bittersweet tale of a guy having a bit of a crisis, abandoning his family and living in the forest with a baby times maybe a bit too deliberately quirky, but this is also a pretty angry and despairing novel, and sad too. It says a bunch of stuff about modern life being rubbish, and how life damages you, but it does have a lot of heart too and it's funny. And Bongo is adorable.
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Erlend Loe is a Norwegian novelist. He worked at a psychiatric clinic, and was later a freelance journalist for Norwegian newspaper Adresseavisen. Loe now lives and works in Oslo where in 1998 he co-founded Screenwriters Oslo - an office community for screenwriters.

In 1993 he debuted with the book Tatt av kvinnen, and a year later published a children's book, Fisken, about a forklift operator name

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“One problem with people is that as soon as they fill a space it's them you see and not the space. Large, desolate landscapes stop being large, desolate landscapes once they have people in them. They define what the eye sees. And the human eye is almost always directed at other humans. In this way an illusion is created that humans are more important than those things on earth which are not human. It's a sick illusion.” 26 likes
“…I don’t wish to meet people. They disgust me. Increasingly so. But I must have milk.” 24 likes
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